Welcome to The Freelance Life’s third installment of “What’s in an RSS Feed?” a series where we check in with editors and literary bloggers to find out more about their web haunts. This week, we caught up with Tobias Carroll, writer and editor for Vol.1 Brooklyn, one of the fastest growing blogs in the literary world. Here’s what he’s reading on the daily:
These days, my RSS feed reader is an essential part of my day, whether I’m looking for information on new books, details on a favorite album, or explanations of some controversy artistic or political in nature. What follows is a cross-section of cultural sites that I check every day; it’s rare that I come away from the experience without having learned something new.
Sound of the City
These days, the online arm of the Village Voice’s music section features an excellent balance of coverage of New York underground and pop music. Want musings on terrible pop songs from the 1980s, crises in DIY venues, or an oral history of Oneida offshoot Man Forever? Chances are good that it’s in here, written about expertly.
Back to the World
Like Warren Ellis’s site, this Toronto-based group blog covers a wide range of artistic ventures, from random comic book panels to explorations of the city’s art scene. Contributors Margaux Williamson, Chris Randle, and Carl Wilson are all prodigiously smart folks, and it shows in both the work covered and the language used for that coverage.
Edward Champion’s site boasts a comprehensive array of interviews and journalism, spiked with the occasional bit of satire.
The WORD Tumblr
Whether pointing me in the direction of a future literary obsession or just allowing a glimpse into the day-to-day activities of my local bookstore, WORD’s Tumblr is always interesting; it also occasionally provides links to the equally interesting blogs of the folks who work there.